November 2014
from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Native American Heritage Month! 


Native Americans comprise 1.6 percent of the total population in the United States. In North Dakota however, they comprise a much larger share of the population. With four reservations and a sizable urban-Indian community, Native Americans comprise 5.4 percent of North Dakota's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, the number of Native American children living in North Dakota has been slowly but steadily increasing for the past two decades. Current estimates indicate that Native American children comprise 8.9 percent of all youth in the state. Additional research by the Census Bureau suggests that these are conservative numbers, especially on reservation areas where American Indians are undercounted by 4.9 percent nationwide. Native American people have significantly shaped the history and culture of North Dakota. Comprising at least one out of every 20 people in the state, Native Americans will continue to influence the state's present and future development and growth.


In studying communication and ways of communicating, Cheryl Ann Kary, (Hunkuotawin),Ph.D., an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and current Bush Foundation Fellow, developed a culturally-appropriate model of oratory specific to American Indian tribes. In this month's For Discussion column, Cheryl shares part of her doctoral dissertation, A Lakota/Nakota/Dakota Model of Oratory.

Tribal Community Colleges and Universities are fundamental to their communities, producing environments that foster Native American culture, languages, and rituals. They provide valuable post-secondary educational programs within some of the United States' poorest rural areas. In addition to providing social benefits, Tribal Community Colleges and Universities contribute to and have a significant impact on an area's economy. In this month's Ask a Researcher column, researcher Randal Coon demonstrates that the five Tribal Colleges located in North Dakota have a significant, positive impact on North Dakota's economy.  

For Discussion
Talking Indian: A L/N/Dakota Model of Oratory

Cheryl Ann Kary (Hunkuotawin),Ph.D., an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and current Bush Foundation Fellow working on a survey of off-reservation American Indians in the Bismarck-Mandan area, has worked in and with Tribal communities and populations for the majority of her career, especially for Native American youth and elders. In addition to professional responsibilities, Cheryl advocates for Native people and Tribes in a variety of volunteer efforts. Here she talks about her research into the cultural impact on language use.  

Ask a Researcher

North Dakota's Tribal Colleges Contribute to State's Economy


Randal Coon is a research specialist with NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. He presents results of a study that measures the impact of the fiveTribal Colleges and their students on North Dakota's economy.

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New data available

A number of charts have been updated or revised within the following topics and key measures:            



7 charts under the Disability key measure

3 charts under the Median Income key measure



3 charts under the Population Trends key measure



11 charts under the Disability context measure



3 charts under the Preschool Enrollment key measure

6 charts under the Children with Working Parents key measure



3 charts under the Median Income key measure

7 charts under the Poverty key measure

4 charts in the Jobs key measure (quarterly data)



9 charts under the Health Care Coverage key measure



5 charts under the Cost-Burdened Households key measure

7 charts under the Homeownership Rate key measure



      7 charts under the Proportion of Adults Working key measure



By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, North Dakota Compass gives everyone in our state--policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here--a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.
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